Sexual Assault & Other Gender-based Misconduct

The Title IX Office is committed to promoting an environment free of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment by educating the community, investigating reports of such behavior in a manner that is expeditious and sensitive to the needs and rights of all parties, and taking steps to prevent recurrence and correct any discriminatory effects on members of the college community.

To this end, the Title IX Office administers the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, & Stalking.

Violations under this policy are defined as follows:

  • Sexual assault includes having or attempting to have intercourse, which is any non-consensual sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal).
  • Fondling is non-consensual touching or other contact in the unclothed genital area or intentional sexual touching that does not otherwise constitute sexual assault.
  • Relationship violence is abuse or violence between romantic, intimate, and/or sexual partners or former partners involving one or more of the following elements: Physical, emotional, or sexual violence against a person; Purposely or knowingly causing reasonable fear of physical, emotional, or sexual violence; Purposely or knowingly causing property damage or a reasonable fear of property damage; Repeated telephonic, electronic, or other forms of communication, anonymously or directly, made with the intent to intimidate, frighten, harass, or threaten.
  • Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
  • Sexual harassment is harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Sexual Exploitation is when a person takes non-consensual, unjust, or abusive sexual advantage of another person. Examples include but are not limited to non-consensual photographs, video, or audio recording of sexual activity; posting, sharing or allowing others to view consensual sexual activity or photos or recordings; exposing oneself without consent; and voyeurism, cyberstalking, bullying, or intimidation of a sexual nature.

  • Complicity is any act that knowingly aids, facilitates, promotes or encourages another person to commit any other form of conduct prohibited by this Policy.

  • Prohibited or Inappropriate Sexual Relationships: Goucher College prohibits consensual sexual or physically intimate relationships between faculty and students and between staff and students. In addition, persons in positions of power or authority should be aware of problems that may arise from seemingly consensual relationships with their subordinates. Please see policy for details related to pre-existing relationships and relationships between faculty and staff members.

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Consent @ Goucher

Each participant is expected to obtain or give verbal consent to each act of sexual activity. Consent to engage in one form of sexual activity does not constitute consent to engage in other forms of sexual activity, and either party may withdraw consent at any time.

Consent means willingly and knowingly agreeing to engage in mutually understood sexual conduct. Consent must be mutual and ongoing, offered freely and knowingly. Consent may not be obtained through the use of force or coercion.  Consent may not be obtained from a person who is incapacitated.

Violation of this verbal consent requirement while engaging in otherwise consensual activity is a violation of this policy and such conduct will be subject to appropriate sanctions.